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Otis Clay: Live at S.P.A.C.E.

otis clay
Otis Clay performs this Saturday night (January 5th, 2013) at S.P.A.C.E. in Evanston.

He’s a Chicago-bred deep soul artists I’ve profiled before on Darkjive. He’s recorded on a ton of labels (including Kayvette, Dakar, Hi, One-Der-Ful, and his own Echo imprint since his beginnings in the 1950s), but it’s his consistency that stands out.

This event is celebrating the release of his latest album, “Truth Is”.
for more info, and to buy tickets, click here

DJ Ayana: Ready. Set. Spin.

I’ll be spinning at two public events this week (and just picked up a whole bunch of records…):

Reclaimed Soul at Maria’s

Tuesday November 13th, 10pm-2pm

Spinning groovy classics and rarities with a heavy Chicago accent (not unlike my weekly Radio Show, Reclaimed Soul)

96o w. 31st Street, Chicago

No Cover.

Genius of Jazz and Hip Hop

I’ll be spinning hip hop (mostly instrumentals), samples, jazz, and some new grooves (all on wax). Also on the bill are:

Chess Mastaz – performers of “metaphysical hip hop”

David Boykin Expanse – experimental jazz infused with hip hop lyricism – David Boykin sax and vocals, James Baker keyboards, Alex Wing bass, Phillip Fornet drumset

Saturday November 17th, 9pm

Carlos and Sarah’s Surplus of Options
3664 N. Lincoln Avenue

Suggested Donation $7

A Conspiracy is Born.

Ayana Contreras (me) and Simeon Viltz (of The Primeridian) are the “Groove Conspiracy…”
In the land of 10 million grooves only a few can grab a hold of the people’s aural senses and captivate their shokras.  Spinning cutting edge beats juxtaposed with gritty, get down gems from the cradle of soul.  Their weapon of choice: vinyl.

Join us at The Morseland: 1218 West Morse.  (I’m there most Second Thursdays, too!)

We will also be there Friday the 17th (this Friday).

Get down! three chances to be a part of the movement…

Join DJ Ayana and selected friends and celebrate the music that moves us!

Brown Sugar Soul:  This Thursday 6:00pm-8:00pm

Where: Brown Sugar Bakery

  • Address: 328 E 75th St Chicago, IL   Map
  • Cost: Free-Fifty
  • Music spun on wax.  Real 45s cut to make you move. Soul & Funk classics and rarities… plus caramel cake!  You bring the drinks, DJ Ayana will bring the grooves.

    Friday Night Heights: This Friday 10pm-2pm

    Where: Morseland

  • Address: 1218 W Morse Ave Chicago, IL   Map
  • Cost: free-fifty
  • Let’s get UP Friday Night with DJ Ayana and special guest Simeon from local hip-hop group The Primeridian.  Funky Disco, Jazz, Gritty Bluesy Movers… Good Music. 

    The Get Down. Thursday Aug. 12th 10:00pm -1:00pm

    Where: Morseland

  • Address: 1218 W Morse Ave Chicago, IL   Map
  • Cost: free-fifty
  • DJs Gaucho brings you soul on wax (45s to be exact). Soulful rarities, Bluesy Groovers… and funky movers. Play a game of pool, have a drink, or just plain get down (Ayana’s on hiatus this month).

    (above, “There it Is” by Tyrone Davis.  Brunswick Records, 1973)

    the get down! this thursday at the morseland


    It’s about that time… and I’ve got more heat.  Soulful dynamite. Killer funk. Local Chicago gems. Bluesy groovers. Polyrhythmic madness.  The stuff that hip-hop was built upon.  And, as always, no cover.  Join me and Gaucho at the Morseland: 1218 West Morse, this Thursday at 9:30pm.

     Below, rare groove stone-cold gangster lean goodness by The Impressions (of our fair city), “Sooner or Later”.  Jive on! 

    All Power To The People: The Revolutionary Art Of Emory Douglas

    The University of Chicago’s Center for the Studies of Race, Politics, and Culture, DOVA (Department of Visual Arts) Temporary Gallery, Black Panther Party Illinois History Project, and Diasporal Rhythms for an exhibit of works by Emory Douglas, internationally known artist and former Black Panther Party Minister of Culture. Location: DOVA Temporary (5228 S. Harper). Exhibit runs December 2, 2009-January 2, 2010.

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    some more about Mr. Douglas and his work after the jump